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Dog park work day is Friday

— Work on the city’s new off-leash dog park is under way and a work day is planned from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday at the site, next to Carl Precht Memorial RV Park in East Side Park.

On April 7, the City Council authorized a change in site for the Wag N Run park to the RV park area to ease permitting, since the city already was doing utility work at that end of the park. Construction began the next day.

Councilman Lew Goebel, who’s been spearheading the project, said he was joined by volunteers Jim Miller, Don Gee, Nick Zabren, Cody Reddington, Mason Timm and Tyler Boquest in installing posts needed for gates and fencing. He especially praised the latter four, who are youngsters, for their hard work.

The next work party, on Friday, is expected to see volunteers with the Home Depot Foundation and individuals install the gates and fences.

A grand opening is planned for May 23.

“The Committee for the Dog Park is very proud in its continued effort to offer an amenity to our East Side Park, all created through donations and volunteers without tax dollars being used,” Goebel said.

Nearly $10,000 has been raised through private donations, the Wag N Run Splash fundraiser last August and other contributions.

Wag N Run Dog Park will offer small- and large-dog areas, water for the dogs, benches, a memorial board and poo bags.

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